15 DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES Margaret River Region [2023]

You’ve got your dog, check, and now you want to take them to the beach, but where on Earth can you both go without getting into trouble with a ranger?

There are plenty of dog friendly beaches Margaret River for you to enjoy with your furry friend, and I will tell you about every single one.

Our family dog is a Siberian Husky named Buddy who just loves the beach, and since living in the region since 2016, I have been to my fair share of dog beaches in Margaret River! I am a local expert on Margaret River, dogs, and beaches, (what a combination!) so I’ve done all the looking for you to make your life easier!

Whether you’re camping with your dog in Margaret River, or staying in some local dog-friendly accommodation near Margaret River, where better to take your dog than to a dog beach Margaret River?

There are many dog-friendly beaches near Margaret River to choose from, make sure you don’t wander into the beaches in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park (a ranger’ll fine you) or any of the ‘strictly for human recreation’ beaches. They’re out of bounds to your four-legged friend.

Ready to find out about Margaret River dog-friendly beaches?

Let’s get into it!

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Best Dog Friendly Beaches Margaret River

Busselton Dog Beaches

There are so many dog beaches in Busselton! I have listed every single one below, I hope you find this information helpful!

View of people enjoying Peppermint Grove Beach which is one of the most easily accessible dog friendly beaches Margaret River
Peppermint Grove Beach, one of the best dog friendly beaches in the area!

1.Peppermint Grove Beach

📍Address: Peppermint Grove Road, Peppermint Grove Beach WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 55 minutes | 73 km

🐕‍🦺On Leash At All Times:

🐶Seasonal On-Leash November to April:

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the Shire Of Capel.

Wondering about places to stay in Peppermint Grove Beach and things to do in Peppermint Grove Beach? I got you!

Picture of the entry to Forrest Beach, which is another dog friendly beach near Margaret River
Forrest Beach is a quiet beach north of Busselton, and you can even drive on the beach here!

2.Forrest Beach

📍Address: 639 Forrest Beach Road, Forrest Beach WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 52 minutes | 66 km

🐕‍🦺On Leash At All Times: South of the Northern Carpark for 1.1km

For more information, check out this map provided by the Shire Of Capel.

Read more about Forrest Beach at my Complete Guide To Forrest Beach!

Wonnerup Beach is just north of Busselton, and you can bring your 4WD on the beach here, which makes it a very accessible dog friendly beaches south west!

3.Wonnerup Beach

📍Address: Off Layman Road, Wonnerup WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 45 minutes | 61 km

🐕Off Leash: All the way from the Busselton – Capel boundary at the northern end of Wonnerup Beach, down to the Eastern Groyne at the Port Geographe Marina.

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

Read more about Wonnerup Beach here! Including some top nearby accommodation.

4.Port Geographe

📍Address: 21 Spinnaker Boulevard, Port Geographe WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 47 minutes | 57 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

🐕Off Leash:

For more information on dog friendly beaches Busselton, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

Geographe Bay and small child playing on the shore of this dog friendly beach Margaret river
Geographe Bay and Busselton are perfect for small children and dogs! This is a pet friendly beach you don’t want to miss!

5.Dog Beach Busselton Foreshore/West Busselton/Broadwater

📍Address: Queen Street, Busselton WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 39 minutes | 50 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

🐕Off Leash:

For more information on Busselton dog beaches, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

6.Marybrook/Siesta Park/Abbey/Broadwater

📍Address: Geographe Bay Road, Abbey WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 31 minutes | 42 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

7.Quindalup

📍Address: 371 Geographe Bay Road, Quindalup WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 40 minutes | 49 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

🐶Wondering what to pack when taking your dog on holiday? Check Out This Ultimate Guide For What To Bring When Traveling With A Dog!🐶

There are several Dunsborough dog friendly beaches available here, which makes it a perfect location to stay!

Dog Friendly Beaches Dunsborough

Looking for dog beaches in Dunsborough? There is a few locations in town, plus Eagle Bay and Bunker, or you can trek over to Yallingup and Smiths Beach! Read on to find out all the details of Dunsborough dog beaches!

8.Dog Beach Dunsborough

📍Address: Geographe Bay Road, Dunsborough WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 40 minutes | 49 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

🐶Wondering what to pack when taking your dog on holiday? Check out this Ultimate Guide For What To Bring When Travelling With A Dog! 🐶

9.Eagle Bay Dog Beach/Bunker Bay Dog Beach

📍Address: Naturaliste WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 51 minutes | 60 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

Are you wondering about dog beaches Yallingup? Luckily there is a section of beach here that is dog friendly!

Yallingup Dog Beaches

10.Dog Beach Yallingup

📍Address: Yallingup Beach Road, Yallingup WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 30 minutes | 36 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information about where Yallingup beach is dog friendly, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

11.Smiths Beach

📍Address: Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 30 minutes | 36 km

🐶Seasonal Areas (Dogs prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm between December 1 and February 28 inclusive, but allowed off-lead at all other times):

For more information, check out this map provided by the City Of Busselton.

Gracetown Beach is a really good beach to visit if you’re staying in Margaret River, as its close to town, beautiful, great for kids, and it has a dog-friendly beach section

Gracetown Dog Beaches

12.Gracetown Dog Beach

📍Address: Bayview Drive, Gracetown WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 17 minutes | 18 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Margaret River Dog Beaches

13.Prevelly Beach

📍Address: Bayview Drive, Gracetown WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 8 minutes | 8 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this information provided by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

If you wondering where the closest dog beach to Margaret River is, Gnarabup Dog Beach is it!

14.Gnarabup Beach

📍Address: Off Reef Drive, Gnarabup WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 7 minutes | 8 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this information provided by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

This is a view of the beach from the Colourpatch in Augusta, just up ahead to the right, after the rivermouth, is where the Augusta dog beach starts.

Augusta Dog Beaches

Are you staying down in Augusta and wondering where the Augusta dog beaches are? There’s just the one, but it’s quite long, and being in Augusta, it’s never very busy!

15.Dog Beach Augusta

📍Address: 1 Chaudiere Place, Augusta WA | Google Maps

🚗Distance To Margaret River: 37 minutes | 46 km

🐕Off Leash:

For more information, check out this map provided by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

This is our dog Buddy! A rescue Siberian Husky X that just showed up randomly at our house 3 years ago and has never left!

FAQs

Is Hamelin Bay Dog Friendly?

No, dogs are not allowed on Hamelin Bay beach. This is because Hamelin Bay is located in the Leeuwin National Park. As dogs are not allowed in National Parks, don’t risk taking your dog there, as you’ll risk being fined by the rangers.

Is Smiths Beach Dog Friendly?

Yes, you can have dogs off-lead at Smiths Beach from Dawson Drive Beach Access Path to Northern End Of Yallingup Beach, with a simple caveat. They are PROHIBITED between 9 am and 5 pm from December 1 until February 28 inclusive. Any other times outside of this they are welcome on Smiths Beach off-lead but under effective control.

Is Eagle Bay Beach Dog Friendly?

Yes, a section of Eagle Bay Beach is dog-friendly. From Eagle Bay Beach Parking to 450m North Of Jingarmup Brook you can have your dog off-lead but under effective control at any time of the day.

Unfortunately, any areas like this one (Injidup Natural Spa) are in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park which means your pup can’t visit.

Is Bunker Bay Dog Friendly?

Yes! Bunker Bay beach is dog friendly from Bunker Bay Cafe Access Track to the National Park Boundary.

Is Prevelly Beach Dog Friendly?

Yes, Prevelly Beach is dog friendly from Riflebutts Reserve to Georgette Way.

Is There A Dog Beach In Eagle Bay?

Yes, you can walk your dog off-leash from the Eagle Bay Beach Parking to 450m North Of Jingarmup Brook.

Is Meelup Beach Dog Friendly?

No, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at Meelup Beach, nor anywhere in Meelup Regional Park aside from a small section of Eagle Bay Beach.

Here at Granny’s Pool in Augusta, dogs aren’t welcome *sad face*

Can I Take My Dog On Busselton Jetty?

Sadly, you are not allowed to take your dog on Busselton Jetty. Hopefully I have given you plenty of options where you can take your dog though!

Is Yallingup Beach Dog Friendly?

Yes, Yallingup Beach is dog friendly from Dawson Drive Beach Access Path to Northern End Of Yallingup Beach.

Is Canal Rocks Dog-Friendly?

No. Canal Rocks is located within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, so dogs are not allowed here.

Is Redgate Beach Dog-Friendly?

Sadly, Redgate Beach is not dog-friendly as it is located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

Where Can I Take My Dog In Margaret River?

There are many places to take your dog in the Margaret River Region. Check out our list of WineriesRestaurants, and Dog’s Bucket List for heaps of dog-friendly ideas!

Can Dogs Go To Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse?

No. Dogs are not allowed at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, as the lighthouse is located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, where dogs are not allowed.

Wrapping Up: Dog Beaches Margaret River

Wherever you decide to stay with your dog around Margaret River, we hope that you’ll try these dog friendly beaches in Margaret River and come to love them as much as my dog and family have!  

Walking along a beach, watching, (or joining in with) your beloved animal having fun, is such a good way of spending quality time together and you will really start to appreciate the little joys in life that are often overlooked and forgotten.

Enjoy!

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I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Margaret River!